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Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Are you always feeling lethargic, no matter what? Despite motivating yourself, do you struggle to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel exhausted by the simplest of things? Do you need an energy boost to get things done?

If you’ve said yes, at least once, you’re not alone. Owing to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, a majority of us feel tired almost all the time – for no reason at all. And the culprit behind this endless exhaustion might be your lymphatic system.

How The Lymphatic System Is Keeping Us Alive

We all know that we’ve got red and white blood cells swimming inside us and the job of the white blood cells is to protect our bodies from all sorts of harm. The white blood cells, in turn, make up the lymphatic system which is our sort of inbuilt immunity mechanism. Whenever an outside threat (a bacterial infection, dust motes, etc) shows up, the lymphatic system deals with it and neutralizes the threat. In addition to this, it also keeps our bodily fluids in balance and maintains our overall health index.

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This lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes along with organs like the spleen, thymus, tonsils and the adenoid glands. It traps the disease-causing agents in its lymphatic fluid and destroys it, thereby keeping the immune system fit and functioning. We’ve all experienced the occasional swellings here and there, particularly the tonsils. That’s your lymphatic system at work.

What A Weak Lymphatic System Can Do To Us

However, given that our lymphatic system plays such an important role, it is imperative to ensure that it works smoothly without any glitches. And the easiest way to achieve that is by sticking to a balanced diet, regular exercise and detoxifying the body whenever possible.

But most of us, wrapped in our busy workaholic lifestyles fail to do these 3 simple things, outlined above. As a result, our lymphatic system works over time and is easily stressed and this is manifested in the form of extreme fatigue. Some common symptoms of a weak lymphatic system include- chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sore throats, catching colds often, regular viral infections and if left unchecked, can lead to arthritis and cancer formation.

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Cancer is typically formed, when the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) start malfunctioning and instead of forming antibodies, start multiplying rapidly and produce malignant tumors. In time, they break away from the lymph fluid and attack other organs and start destroying the body.

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    What You Can Do to Improve the Lymphatic System

    However, a weak lymphatic system isn’t  the end of the world and you can improve your condition by strictly following these steps.

    1. Reduce Inflammation:

    Try reducing stress and getting adequate sleep.Try to refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption. Make time for relaxation as well as exercise.

    2. Have a balanced diet designed as per your health needs:

    Instead of choosing a fad weight-loss diet from the internet, consult a dietitian or nutritionist and make a health food chart.

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    3. Take supplements if required:

    Go for omega-3 fish oil, turmeric or vitamin tablets. You can also experiment with different essential oils like lemon, myrrh and frankincense. They improve blood flow and help in detoxification.

    Finally, keep in mind that feeling tired all the time can be due to other health issues and it is best advised to visit a physician soon as possible if you’re suffering from constant fatigue.

    A weak lymphatic system is one of the potential causes, but bear in mind that taking preventive measures is always a safe option for it not only keeps diseases at bay but also keeps you healthy and refreshed throughout the day.

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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